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Joyce Sydney Hastings

January 6, 1933September 4, 2020
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Beloved mother and devoted sister, Joyce S. Hastings, died peacefully on Friday, September 4, 2020 with her children and grandchildren by her side. She joins her loving husband, Warren Hastings II, a Portland Attorney, who died at the early age of 62 in 1986.

Joyce was born in Portland on January 6, 1933 to Virginia Viola and Thomas Duncan Robertson. One of three daughters, Joyce cherished her girlhood days playing with her sisters, Donna (Hewitt) and Susanne (Ansley), under the Weeping Willow tree in the front yard of their NE Portland family home or running through the wheat fields on her Grandparents’ farm in the Dalles, Oregon. Her nickname “Jo” captured her clever wit and adventuresome spirit. She had a passion for reading, playing the violin and singing, and she held a deep affection for her father, who died when she was eleven years old.

Growing up Joyce loved spending time with her youngest siblings, Jimmy (Jim) and Patty (Patricia) (Van Orman). Part big sister, teacher and playmate, she took great joy in being a person they could always turn to.

After graduating from Grant High School, Joyce attended Lewis and Clark College paying her way through school by working as a secretary for the college’s Science Department. After college, she held numerous secretarial positions, but was most proud of her role being the executive secretary to the president of the Carlyle Lithographic and Printing Company in San Francisco, California.

Memories of her career days in Portland and San Francisco always included the fun she had sharing a tiny one-bedroom city apartment with two or three other girlfriends, cooking a meal with them or navigating a double date together. Her love for and connection to the women in her circle, both family and friends, was a constant source of strength and enrichment all her life.

Joyce met Warren in July of 1957 and they married a year later on July 26, 1958 at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Oswego. Together they raised their sons (Warren and Brian Thomas) and daughter (Laura). As active members of the Multnomah Athletic Club and parishioners of St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church, they contributed to building a strong community by raising a family that shared weeknight meals together, spent Sunday mornings at Mass and summer vacations on Mt. Hood, the Oregon Coast or in California visiting Warren’s parents and his sister’s family. Holiday gatherings were spent at the Hastings home with extended family enjoying Joyce’s delicious cooking. A warm and welcoming hostess, Joyce had a flair for setting a beautiful holiday table and her Christmas prime rib and Thanksgiving turkey were legendary.

After losing Warren, Joyce continued to embody a depth of courage and resilience that was her hallmark. She spent time gardening, swimming at the MAC, and traveling through Europe, Egypt and across North America with girlfriends and her sister-in-law, Patricia Murray. She was a loyal Oregon Symphony patron and an active volunteer for the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Portland Art Museum. Her years of service earned her a special commendation representing the Portland Art Museum at President Clinton’s Volunteer Week Celebration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Above all else, Joyce’s greatest joy in life was raising a family and spending cherished time with her children, grandchildren, sisters and brother, nieces and nephews. A loving Matriarch to so many, her words: “Sweet dreams and God bless” remain in our hearts forever.

Survivors include, her sons; Warren (Carolyn) Hastings and Brian Thomas Hastings, daughter; Laura Hastings-Brooks (Todd), and two granddaughters; Stephanie and Elisabeth Hastings, two sisters; Susanne Ansley and Pat Van Orman-Price (Craig); nieces Sara Ansley Potoker, Ava Price and Colleen Murray and her nephews; Bill, Tom and Matt Hewitt, David Murray and their extended families.

A celebration of life service will be held at Young’s Funeral Home in Tigard, 11831 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard, OR 97223, on September 25, 2020, 2 to 4 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating is limited and social distancing and masks will be required. If you’d like to attend the service please email her daughter, Laura Hastings-Brooks, at mozart4lh@yahoo.com.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Portland Youth Philharmonic, The Portland Art Museum, or the Lake Oswego Public Library.

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Julie McCrae

September 19, 2020

Dear Ty,Brian and Laura,
Your mom was a lovely welcoming committee when we moved in across the street in Broadmoor over 40 years ago. We were sad to see you move. Imagine my surprise to see the poster in the lobby of Edgewood Point wishing her a happy birthday. I had a lovely visit with her that day before she went off to lunch with Laura and her sister to celebrate. I loved seeing her again. So sorry for your loss.

Joanne Hewitt

September 10, 2020

I remember meeting "Aunt" Joyce, my Mother-in-law's sister. I could not believe how much Donna and Joyce were look-alikes. Aunt Joyce was sooo sweet to me when we met. She was so warm and kind! It was just wonderful meeting her! Hubby Bill spoke so highly of her. And being the great historian that he is, he often shared his endearing childhood memories about the gatherings with the Hastings.

To the dear family members mentioned ~ those here today, as well as those that left too soon ~ how lucky for having this beautiful lady in your family!

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Hugs,
Joanne

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Sunday's at Laurelhurst Park

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Playing under the Weeping willow tree

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The Robertson girls

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Joyce holding sister Patty

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Sunday's at Laurelhurst Park

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Playing under the Weeping willow tree

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The Robertson girls

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Joyce holding sister Patty

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Joyce with grandma

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